Teddy - All Pinned Up

teddy with pinned bodice

This teddy has a muslin rectangle pinned to her front and is looking a little like a voodoo doll at the moment.  The muslin piece will become the front bodice.  I make vertical slashes in the muslin around the neck so the muslin will lie flat there.  I cut off some of the excess fabric as I slash and pin around the neck.  Then using a length of pearl cotton thread as a mini style tape, I "draw" the neckline design by placing it in the approximate position I want and then adjusting it.  I repeat the process for the back bodice.  Then I determine and pin the side seam.

teddy with draped dress neckline, armhole, and waist marked

I want a gathered skirt for this dress, so I gather the top of another muslin rectangle and pin it to the bodice.  I may play around with the gathering some to get the desired fullness, then mark the side seam.

I cut out a full pattern and pin it to the teddy to get a better idea of the look of the whole dress on her.  When I am happy with the draped design, I use it to make a paper pattern.  Then I’m ready to cut the dress out of the garment fabric.

teddy with draped dress

Pignon in my Etsy shop

Pignon with wool felt booties and cotton scarf

Pignon is now available in my Etsy shop.  He is 7" tall and is made of sparse, matted German mohair.  He wears a cotton lace scarf and 100% wool felt booties with perle cotton ties .  He is hand-shaded and has black and white google style eyes.  He is a one-of-a-kind.  As you can see, he is a little mischievous.  He is fully cotter-pin jointed and has a whimsical, primitive look.

Pignon bootie on top of head